Friday 30th October – Friday of week 30 of the year
Reflection: Luke 14:1-6
YOU ARE PRECIOUS TO GOD 2
Yesterday’s reflection reminded us of the beautiful truth that we all are precious to God. Today’s gospel reading buttresses this as it gives us an insight into God’s readiness to restore His children to a healthy life. Despite the opposition Jesus knew he would get from the Pharisees, He broke the protocols of the Sabbath in order to heal the sick man. In doing this, he challenged the Pharisees’ understanding and application of the law. He made them realise that the aim of all God’s commands is love.
Beloved, just as you are immensely precious to God so is your brother or sister next to you. He desires to extend His loving arms to them through you; he desires that you share in their discomforts, sufferings and pains and be willing to rejoice with them in their moments of joy. How willing are you to be His vessel to others?
Let each day of your life remind you that God is ready to give anything for your happiness and calls you also to be willing to step out of your comfort zone and be His instrument of love to His precious children all around you.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, please help me to be a willing instrument in your hands to bring joy and comfort to your precious children all around me. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 9 – What does God show us about himself when he sends his Son to us?
God shows us in Jesus Christ the full depth of his merciful love. Through Jesus Christ the invisible God becomes visible. He becomes a man like us. This shows us how far God’s love goes: He bears our whole burden. He walks every path with us. He is there in our abandonment, our sufferings, our fear of death. He is there when we can go no farther, so as to open up for us the door leading into life.
HIDE A TREASURE: “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” 1 John 3:16 RSV-CE
Today’s Readings: Romans 9:1-5; Psalm 147: 12-15, 19-20; Luke 14:1-6
Thursday 29th October – Thursday of week 30 of the year
Reflection: Romans 8:31-39
YOU ARE PRECIOUS TO GOD
Have you ever watched a mother handle a child that she had to wait 10years after marriage to have? She handles the child with all the care and attention she can because such a child is indeed very precious to her. Yet, this picture is no match to how much God loves you and I. We are indeed very precious to Him; much more precious than an infant is to its mother. He loves you individually and is willing to give you everything you need to be truly happy.
It is this assurance that St Paul brings to our awareness in today’s first reading as he asks: “With God on our side who can be against us?” Indeed, if we truly hold on to God, we can be assured that all things will work together for our good. This assurance is invaluable for us young Christians as we chart our journey through life, making decisions that will determine how our entire lives will turn out. It gives us the confidence to bring our difficulties to God, trusting that He has a beautiful plan for us which is unfolding day by day.
Indeed, nothing can separate us from the love of God. Yet, God respects our free will and does not force himself on us. Make a decision to trust Him with your life, your future, your possession and everything you are and rest in the assurance that you are precious in His sight and there is nothing which is key to your happiness and salvation that He will refuse you.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank you for loving me so much. Please help me to trust you always. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2093 – Faith in God’s love encompasses the call and the obligation to respond with sincere love to divine charity. The first commandment enjoins us to love God above everything and all creatures for him and because of him.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Neither the world above nor the world below- there is nothing in all creation that will separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:39 GNB
Today’s Readings: Romans 8:31-39; Psalm 109: 21-22, 26-27, 30-31; Luke13:31-35